At MWC 2014, the alternative mobile platform Tizen finally made its long-awaited appearance. Touted as a “dead in the water” project after seeing countless delays, the platform emerged from the shadows with a bang, powering Samsung’s latest wearable devices, smart cameras, and even a prototype smartphone.
Calling all iPhone and iPad users, it’s time to give your device a much needed software update as Apple as just released iOS 7.1, the update we’ve all been waiting for since last September. As promised, the update will address the black/white screen of death encountered by a lot of iPhone users, have CarPlay support for compatible vehicles, bug fixes, and a lot more.
With a rugged outlook and jet black leather pants, it’s hard to imagine that Marc Dillon is a COO and co-founder to one of Finland’s hottest startups. The 11-year ex-Nokia veteran speaks with a demeanour unlike most professionals, and his energy is infectious as he interacts with everyone he meets at Jolla’s MWC 2014 booth. With such positive energy, it is still surprising when he says, without a hint of doubt, “I believe this is gonna be the year of Sailfish”.
This is Lowyat.NET’s exclusive interview with Jolla’s Marc Dillon.
After the big reveal a couple of days ago, the biggest question on car-owners minds was of course “Can I get CarPlay for my car?”. Unfortunately there are no official plans at the moment to make it backwards compatible or to non-partner manufacturers cars but Mercedes-Benz however have just said that they will be planning to deliver an aftermarket solution for older cars to make full use of the Apple CarPlay by the end of the year. So far it’s just Mercedes but I won’t be surprised if other partners like Ford outline their plans soon.
Unfortunately for me, no Kia supported =(
I wonder how long it will take for 3rd party manufacturers to come up with a solution
(Source: 9 to 5 Mac)
The days leading up to MWC 2014 were dominated by news of both Oppo and Xiaomi expanding their presence in the region. It was, largely, well received, as most of our readers enjoying the potential for growing smartphone options. The situation bears another look now that MWC is past. So are both Oppo and Xiaomi still viable options now that we know what is to come in the next 6 months?
So Apple finally revealed “iOS in the Car” aka CarPlay yesterday evening at the on-going Geneva Auto Show, the Cupertino company explained how using an iPhone into a CarPlay-compatible vehicle will make using an iPhone in the car much simpler, safer and more intuitive, so how exactly would it work? Volvo recently shared a video showing off the new Apple in-car infotainment system that will be coming to its 2014 vehicles.
Coming later this year, Windows Phone 8.1 update will be carrying plenty of new features to Microsoft’s mobile operating system. One of them is called Cortana which is a personal assistant that is similar in nature to Apple’s Siri and Google Now.
Fresh from being announced as one of the new Windows Phone partners at the Mobile World Congress last week, the India-based phone maker Karbonn has an interesting plan regarding the operating system. Apparently, the company is now developing a series of smartphones that are actually capable of running both Windows Phone and Android.
Can’t wait to see what iOS in the Car is all about? Well, no problem, at the on-going Geneva Auto Show this week, Apple has just announced CarPlay, a new in-car interface that offers a “smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car”. According to Apple, CarPlay will make it more intuitive to use your iPhone in the car, making it a lot easier to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and even access your messages with just a word or a touch.
During the recent Mobile World Congress 2014, we have showed you that users are able to use standard Android interface on Nokia X+ via third party launcher such as the popular Nova Launcher. That being said, such launcher still not able to provide native access to Google’s services such as Google Play and Google Now.
Turns out that it is indeed possible to access those services on Nokia X according to the ever resourceful people at XDA Developers.
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Jolla’s MeeGo-derived Sailfish mobile operating system is all set to exit its beta stage in March, where the Finnish company is ready to finally unleash Sailfish to the world. At its booth at MWC 2014, the company not only showed off its Jolla smartphone, it also showcased several Android devices running on Sailfish OS – a result of enterprising developers within the company. After all, Jolla’s next step is to release a custom launcher for Android, so it’s probably all in the name of research. CEO and co-founder Marc Dillon was an ever-present figure at the booth, and was ever ready to give a demo on the basic features of Sailfish.
Google’s Project Ara is one of those experiments that are so unusual that nobody is sure it will ever reach the market. Especially now that Google has been quoted as claiming they want the base model of the modular smartphone to cost as low as US$50 (RM164). Although that is only part of the story.
As you might have heard, Nokia yesterday has launched a brand new smartphone series called Nokia X which runs Android instead of the company’s own Asha platform or Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Since Nokia X’s operation system is built from Android Open Source Project, it doesn’t come with the usual Google Play app store.
Instead, Nokia X will depend on the company’s Nokia Store and several other external app stores such as Yandex. Despite that, the Finnish company claims that majority of Android apps out there should be able to run on Nokia X without any modification.